Friday, January 31, 2014

Book Club Friday-- The Best of Me and The Pilot's Wife.

GoodReads Synopsis:  THE BEST OF ME is the heart-rending story of two small-town former high school sweethearts from opposite sides of the tracks. Now middle-aged, they've taken wildly divergent paths, but neither has lived the life they imagined . . . and neither can forget the passionate first love that forever altered their world. When they are both called back to their hometown for the funeral of the mentor who once gave them shelter, they will be forced to confront the choices each has made, and ask whether love can truly rewrite the past.

My Thoughts:  This was probably one of my least favorite Nicholas Sparks books ever.  Two high school sweethearts come back to their hometown and encounter each other and sparks fly.  The only problem is that one of them is married.  So, I did not love this storyline.  Outside of that though, the last 100 pages or so just got completely outrageous and the ending was totally ridiculous.  Unless you just have to read every Nicholas Sparks book, feel free to skip this one.

On the other hand...
Amazon Synopsis:  A pilot's wife is taught to be prepared for the late-night knock at the door. But when Kathryn Lyons receives word that a plan flown by her husband, Jack, has exploded near the coast of Ireland, she confronts the unfathomable-one startling revelation at a time. Soon drawn into a maelstrom of publicity fueled by rumors that Jack led a secret life, Kathryn sets out to learn who her husband really was, whatever that knowledge might cost. Her search propels this taut, impassioned novel as it movingly explores the question, How well can we ever really know another person?

My Thoughts:  This book was so incredibly sad from almost the very moment it began.  But, somehow I still loved it.  It was just so beautifully written and the story kept getting better with every page and every revelation.  The characters were totally believable, and the way they were written made me genuinely care for them.  I can't wait to get my hands on more of Anita Shreve's books!


  1. I completely agree with you on both books. I used to LOVE Nicholas sparks and devour his books but more recently they've just been "meh" for me. And I think ever since getting married any story line (from any author) about a married person cheating just doesn't sit well with me. Some of them are well done and believable but for the most part just make me angry. And the pilots wife was just so so sad--but so good!!

  2. I haven't read this Nicholas Sparks but I have it on my list.
    The Pilot's Wife sounds like something I would like. Thanks for the review.

  3. What a bummer to hear about the NS book. I love his books, but haven't read one in awhile. I know the Pilot's Wife is one on my list too but I have yet to get to it.